Stay Hydrated: Red, White, and H20 Blue
Courtesy Emilie Pianfetti
Chill tonic water with frozen watermelon, strawberries, apples, and blueberries. Frozen fruit adds color and keeps your fizzy water cool, with the bonus of a fresh, summery tint of flavor. Blogger Oh My! Sugar High has easy, step-by-step instructions.
Kid-Friendly: Sips and Stripes
Courtesy In Katrina's Kitchen
For a fun summer drink and science experiment, fill a glass one-third full with red cranberry juice. Add ice. Pour one cup of a white, non-alcoholic piña colada-flavored fruit drink directly over the ice, then one cup of a blue sports drink. Since the juices have different densities, they will remain separated for a striped treat. In Katrina's Kitchen explains how it's done.
Festive Cocktail: Stars, Stripes, and Sangria
For the adults at your gathering, make a batch of fruity sangria that stirs together colorful strawberries, raspberries, and pineapple chunks. (Bonus: Fruit infuses the holiday with healthy antioxidants!) Recipe Girl has the list of ingredients to make your sangria the party star this Fourth of July.
Sweet Treat: All-American Milkshake
Courtesy Erin Kennedy
What's a hot summer day without a creamy sweet treat? This scrumptious shake will be the envy of kids and adults at your holiday lunch. All you need is vanilla ice cream and food coloring (plus a little whipped cream and sprinkles for extra patriotic pizazz). My Thirty Spot has the creative recipe.
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Snap, Crackle, and Pop: Firecracker Lip-Smacker
Courtesy Nicole White
Rim martini glasses with red Pop Rocks and shake up this bright blue cocktail. Total prep time for this show-stopper? Just 5 minutes. The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie has the full instructions.
Eat Your Drink: Patriotic Popsicle Spritzer
Dunk a red, white, and blue striped ice pop into a glass of sparkling wine or water. This festive, colorful treat takes seconds to make, and the ice pop will keep your drink chilled. The Chic has more details about this genius drink idea.
Summer Classic: Festive Float
Courtesy Jackie Houston
Pick out a few mason jars for a classic, all-American look, then add vanilla ice cream scoops. Pour strawberry soda flavor, top with blue Pop Rocks, and watch as your dessert beverage begins to foam (and your mouth starts to water!). I Heart Arts N Crafts put together this easy recipe that everyone at your gathering will love.
Great for BBQ: Sparkling Lemonade
Courtesy Sara Wellenslek
This homemade raspberry lemonade pairs well with hot dogs, hamburgers, and other summer food staples. Mom Endeavors has the full recipe that will hydrate and impress.
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Let Guests DIY: Ice Cream Soda Bar
Courtesy Let's Dish Recipes
Set out red, white, and blue soda, vanilla ice cream, and a few cups and spoons. Additional toppings like whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips makes this setup even better. Let's Dish shares how she dished out this Independence Day highlight.